Hi everyone...... thought it was worth a try seeing if anyone out there has my Grandfather and his elusive ancestors hiding deep in their family history. *SIGH* Wouldn't you think having names like Francis Stanley Stanley (b abt 1840)and his son Walter Alexander Stanley Stanley, (master mariner and then labourer post-WWI, born 1880 and died in 1943) would be a real cinch to find? Wrong! Anyway, these two are from London, Middlesex, England - although there is a promising candidate in the 1881C in London England. A master mariner from Machias Park, Maine. Alas a fire roared through machias around 1840 when this Francis would have been born there and all records were lost.
Today I found a Charles STANLEY and Mary Ann WATKINS who baptized their twin sons - Francis Stanley Stanley and Edward Stanley in 1831 in West hackney, Mdx, England - so I am very timidly entering it as a "maybe fingers, toes and eyes crossed" entry as parents for my Ggrandfather.
I would be so grateful if anyone has heard of these two men........ for the sake of my sanity.